Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department
Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department
Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department
Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department
Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department

2021 CALLS
JAN 126 37 170
FEB 116 22 173
MAR 149 30 168
APR 141 32 224
MAY 132 40 188
JUN 168 18 195
JUL 197 6 193
AUG 149 35 208
SEP 149 40 291
OCT 156 41 219
NOV 191 34 230
DEC 177 71 207
Total 1851 406 2466

2022 CALLS
JAN 176 42 202
FEB 184 10 176
MAR 217 00S 210
APR 175 14 211
MAY 164 53 223
JUN 146 29 218
JUL 215 68 246
AUG 193 42 214
SEP 160 36 193
OCT 205 46 236
NOV 243 17 243
DEC 255 OOS 253
Total 2333 357 2625

2023 CALLS
JAN 188 0 216
FEB 103 30 210
MAR 159 29 212
APR 165 32 213
MAY 219 20 220
JUN 223 OOS 190
JUL 223 31 238
AUG 219 37 500
SEP 223 34 192
Total 1722 213 2191

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By Member Chris Scheer
April 1, 2024


Good Evening All: It has been a while since we've shared an update regarding the career staffing at the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) and where we stand on possible temporary housing for both personnel and apparatus while any life safety hazards are addressed at our permanent station.

As of today, the County still has not been able to provide the results of our station assessment that was started on March 4th, we were told it may take up to 6 weeks to be completed, so hopefully we will receive that in the near future. The BVFD requested that an air quality test be performed during the assessment since diesel exhaust fumes were one of the main complaints - we have not received a report on this either. However, all personnel, both career and volunteer, still remain housed at our station.

It is our understanding that the County has acquired trailers that will be able to house personnel and accommodate daily operations if staffing should need to be relocated during any construction that may need to be done. The County is requesting use of our butler building across the street from the fire station for apparatus should it be needed. Currently, BVFD is working with the County to establish an agreeable memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the placement of the trailers and use of our property during any proposed contract work that may need to be done. Because this is a unique situation, the "cookie cutter" MOU proposed by the County was not agreeable to the Board of Directors of the BVFD and we are in the process of reviewing and making changes that will be proposed should something long term need to be established. In the meantime, our property will be made available for storage of the trailers if necessary.

Before we commit to anything that may be a unnecessary use of taxpayers dollars; and since we do not know exactly what work may need to be done to our station, or even if personnel will need to be relocated during the scope of work that may be proposed we are inclined to wait for the results of the assessment.

I would like to personally thank you for your continued support, concern, and commitment to the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department.

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